Angkor Thom is an undeniable site for most visitors taking a tour to Cambodia. Built in the 12th century and was the last city of the Khmer empire, it was a fortified city consist of priests' houses, court officials' palaces and workplace for the administrative people.
Buildings inside the city were made from wood, most of which have perished but there still remains some stone monuments that prove Ankor Thom is a veritable "Great City" as its name indicates. Surrounded by a eight-meter-high wall and a 100-meter-wide moat, the site takes nearly a square, stretching from north to south and east to west. You have lots to explore here: the South Gate is the most popular for it can lead you directly to Ankor Wat. Serving as a viewing point for royal members, the Elephant Terrace vividly depicts formidable elephants and shaded by a lush forest. The Bayon Temple, a Buddhist temple that evokes aesthetic responses - more than 2,000 faces of the then king were carved on 54 towers, signifying the king’s omnipresence and great power. North of it is the Baphuon Temple, a stunning attraction with over 10 chambers at its base.
It costs no extra efforts to travel to or depart Siem Reap with a connecting flight. So why not take your time in Southeast Asia and stay just a little bit more? Check out our picked 17-Day Vietnam with Angkor Wat & Luang Prabang to enjoy a fascinating Asia tour!